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Tour is the 'beginning of great things' for Knaresborough

Knaresborough's Mayor, Tony Handley, says the town will be cheering every rider as today's Tour de France passes through.

Mayor of Knaresborough Tony Handley

Mr Handley told ITV Calendar that painting his house polka-dot was "the best forty quid I've ever spent" and says the tour is the 'beginning of great things' for Knaresborough.

When it isn't polka-dot, it's yellow, and one canny resident has painted some handy warnings for the cyclists:

Tournez a gauche!!

Knaresborough bomb hoax pair in court

Two men from Leeds have appeared in court in connection with a bomb hoax in Knaresborough.

23 year old Shamsul Islam is accused of 3 counts of communicating a bomb hoax at a pizza takeaway in the town in October. He's been remanded in custody to appear at York Crown Court on the 16th of June.

22 year old Habibul Islam is charged with perverting the course of justice and making a false statement to obtain insurance. He's been bailed, and will also appear in court in York later this month.


Memorial bench for two-year-old cancer fighter

Sadie's mother Katie with son, Oscar.

The family of a little girl who lost her battle against a rare cancer, now have a fitting memorial dedicated to her memory.

Sadie Rose Clifford, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2010, captured the hearts of thousands with her fight. Despite members of the public raising more than £400,000 for treatment in America, Sadie passed away in June 2012, aged 2.

To celebrate Sadie’s life, a specially-designed memorial bench has been placed in Bebra Gardens in Knaresborough.

The hand-carved redwood bench which features a butterfly and hearts motif, overlooks the children's paddling pool, and was created by tree sculptor Tommy Craggs.

The area surrounding the bench will now be landscaped with a scheme designed by Harrogate Borough Council and the Friends of Bebra Gardens to include flowering plants in Sadie's favourite colours.

Click here for more on Sadie's story.

Man killed in Knaresborough collision

A man has died after being in a crash in Knaresborough. It happened just before midnight on Sunday May 18, 2014 when a car travelling towards the town, on the A6055, left the road hitting a tree.

The 53-year-old man from Knaresborough, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's family have been informed of his death.

Teenagers injured in Knaresborough road crash

Two teenage girls have been injured in a road traffic crash in Knaresborough. The girls aged 15 and 16 were hit by a small dark car on the crossing outside Meadowside Primary School, on Halfpenny Lane, at around 6.45pm on Friday March 21, 2014.

The car briefly stopped and a white woman aged around 60-years-old got out of the driver's seat before getting back in without speaking and driving away.

One of the girls suffered a broken bone in her foot and the other sustained a suspected broken wrist in the incident. They were both treated in hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.


Body recovered from River Nidd

Knaresborough police are appealing for information after the body of an elderly woman was recovered from the River Nidd, near the viaduct close to Mother Shipton’s Cave, at around 8.50am today.

Officers have not found anything to suggest there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Police enquiries remain ongoing to establish the woman’s identity. She is described as being white, around 5ft 2in tall with a medium to heavy build and grey hair.

She was wearing a cream cardigan, a white t-shirt with a black flower on it, black trousers and shiny black shoes. The woman also had gold earrings and gold rings on. Following a search of the area, officers found a black coat with a leopard print collar by the side of the river.

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Man arrested after Knaresborough bomb hoax

A man from West Yorkshire has been arrested over a hoax bomb threat in Knaresborough.

Emergency services received an anonymous phone call regarding a bomb scare at a pizza take-away on the town's High Street on October 16. The area was evacuated and pupils were kept inside a nearby school.

A 21-year-old from the Leeds area was arrested on Friday in connection with the incident. He has been released on police bail.

Knaresborough's high hopes in town crier competition

Knaresborough is hoping to be crowned town crier capital of the country later with local man Simon Shaw taking part in a national competition based in Hastings. Simon is a member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers which organises the Hastings event annually.

The aim is to ensure that the very English tradition of town criers is perpetuated. This year over 25 competitors are expected at the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings - both men and women from across the country who will be judged on diction, inflection, clarity and, of course, volume.

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